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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theatre on 1984-11-02 (November 2, 1984)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: November 2, 1984 (check for other copies)
Venue: Berkeley Community Theatre
Location: Berkeley, CA

Source: SBD > MC
Lineage: set 1: Master Cassette> Cassette> DAT> CD> SHN; set 2 PCM> DAT> CD> SHN
Transferred by: Charlie Miller, Peter Braverman, Tony Gardner
Keywords: Soundboard; Charlie Miller; Peter Braverman; Tony Gardner


Set 1

Jack Straw ->
El Paso
Loser ->
Smokestack Lightnin' ->
Iko Iko

Set 2

Help On The Way ->
Slipknot! ->
Franklin's Tower
Lost Sailor ->
Saint Of Circumstance
Wharf Rat ->
Space ->
Gimme Some Lovin' ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Playing In the Band Reprise ->
Bertha ->
Good Lovin'

Casey Jones


Some kinda flip between space and Playing, I'm guessing a PCM tape change. Hard to tell how much is missing, but it's definitely something.

This soundboard has been one of the most elusive of the Eighties, and must surely rank as one of the best and most adventurous shows of the middle of that decade. It contains some downright oddities, including the last three songs of the first set. ("Iko" was only played one other time in that position, on 10-24-90, though it seems like a natural there.) This is also the last performance of "Lost Sailor," the first performance of "Gimme Some Lovin," and the last "Casey Jones" for almost eight years.

Many thanks to Charlie Miller for the discs. Normalized, retracked, and seeded by Peter Braverman (braverman@earthlink.net), May 2002.

Original seed from Peter had SBE's on all tracks except d1t01.
shntool used to fix SBE's and entire show re-encoded with shnv3 (with seek) by Tony G (spreaddead@bellsouth.net) 5-28-02.

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Reviewer: Dave B 1986 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 26, 2013
Subject: there is a lot of fun stuff here
thanks for this. nice loser. the unusual blues tunes in the first set are more interesting for their placement and rarity than great playing, but worth the listen. The iko is bouncy and fun. A great example of the kind of playing that, to my ear, is so uniquely JG.

As a poster below notes, there is a pretty jarring f***up on the way from slipknot to franklins, still it's about 15 seconds in the midst of some fine playing. The wharf rat explodes around 10 minutes, strong version. the bertha -good loving is spirited and a rocking good time. What are the words to casey jones again, jerry?

the sound is excellent throughout

Reviewer: scottiehartoftown - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 26, 2013
Subject: that last review...
complete Dope!

Reviewer: Pangolin22 - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - March 1, 2011
Subject: I hate to be 'that guy'...
... but three stars is a stretch. I just don't get it, people. I'm not an anti-80s-Dead snob - I will listen to anything from 65-95 but this is just a weak show from start to finish. The performances range from ok (Sailor>Saint) to cringe-inducing (Slipknot and Possibly the worst Peggy-O ever). This is sloppy and not in a charming, GD kind of way. Jerry especially sounds downright haggard.
On the positive side, it's a crisp and beautiful recording, the set list is interesting (why I listened in the first place) and the Smokestack>Spoonful is a decent change-up from the usual 1st set Bobby-blues.
Off to greener pastures...

Reviewer: Dylan M - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 2, 2010
Subject: Very good, next night better
Obviously the Berkeley 84' run was a special change of pace for the boys. Toying around with their conventional setlists (like would continue to happen into 1985) and jazzing out their jam segues.

The first set is nice, but things really come alive during second set. Help>Slip is sloppy with some misfire cues from Jerry and the Drums, but they pull it together in kind of a jazzy funk that ends up justifying the near slop-fest. During Franklin's Jerry lets everybody have it. This is one of my three favorite Franklin's of the Brent years (1982.12.30, 1979.9 Buffalo) and it varies from the other powerhouse show-stopper versions. This one is poignant, delicate, and risky. I love it!

Sailor>Saint could also be one of the best-of-all-time versions. The thoughtful guitar phrasings along with Weir's finally matured lyrical story about a that drifter into his uncertain future really pulls together what initially was panned as a corny Grateful Dead song. The pair never received the recognition it deserved. Compare lyrics of more popular Barlow tunes to those of this pair. These seem to epitomize much of the band's lyrical essence rather than just be fun dance-hall numbers.

Wharf Rat has Jerry on fire yet again with an usual pre-drums>Jam placement of the song extending beautiful guitar work into the first ever Gimmie Some Lovin'. So yeah, they mess up a few times, but they take it in camp and have a ball with it.

Let's just say that the next night was more of a wild-card night while this was a risky business show. Somebody once said that the Dead was a band that took risks and had an audience that would gracefully accept there mishaps in the risk. That is this kind of a show with some balsy set progressions and true effort from each member of the show.

The sound from the new Charlie Miller master of the next night makes it a superior sounding source, but this show is just as well played.

5 for playing
4 for sound
Solid 5

Reviewer: awest71 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 21, 2010
Subject: last saint
last march philly iwas there

Reviewer: slipknot2901 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 23, 2009
Subject: it must have been the roses...
does anyone else detect the beginning notes of "it must have been the roses" at the outro of Frank's Tower? Just curious.

Reviewer: patkelleyPA - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - November 2, 2008
Subject: Nice show, nice list
But, the final Lost Sailor was 3/24/86 in Philly, not this one. In fact, I think that the song got much better during '85 and '86.

Reviewer: Burnt Rich - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 2, 2008
Subject: good stuff
Great 84 show. Whatever they smoked before they got onstage makes for an interesting first set. Jerry wakes up after some Peggy-mumbles and we are off! Kind of....The "Oh, No!!", I believe Jerry utters as Bob opts for the soon-to-be most utterly butchered and possibly most aimless versions of EL PASO ever played is priceless. The H>S>F is one of the greatest I know. Great, high show all the way through. Upper 4 stars.

Reviewer: cHE13 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 17, 2008
Subject: Love me some '84
This show kicks culo. I put my nalgas in the air like I just don't care on this one. I have been spending some time lately in 1984 and I like it. I'm thinking of putting on a sleeveless tie dye, some Bob Weir size cutoff's and growing a mullet. Seriously. I just love that bubbly high energy sound they had in in the early to mid 80's. Just rippin'.

The first step is about a half step slow. The second set is right on and crispy. Thanks CM, PB and TG!

The last Lost Sailor was on 03-24-86 Spectrum not here as the info sheet suggests.